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Constitutional arrangements for the use of armed force

The Constitution Committee conducted an inquiry into the constitutional arrangements for the use of armed force.

Inquiry concluded, Report and Government Response published. Report debated in Chamber on 28 November 2013.

In 2006 the House of Lords Constitution Committee published a report on Parliament’s role in authorising the use of armed force overseas. It recommended that a convention be created whereby the Government should seek parliamentary approval if they are proposing to deploy British troops into actual or potential armed conflict overseas. Despite various initiatives in the years following that report, no action has been taken to bring any such proposal into effect. The Constitution Committee decided to look again at the constitutional arrangements for the use of armed force overseas.

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    • Responses to Reports - Government Department and European Commission responses to reports.
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Members' interests in relation to this inquiry

The Members of the Constitution Committee have declared the following interests in relation to this inquiry:

Members are required to register any financial and non-financial interests that a reasonable member of the public might think would influence their actions in Parliament. The full text of the Register is available online: